Posted workers in a building
24 August 2017

France is underscoring its ambition to reform the posting of workers in Europe

The purpose of the President of the Republic's visit to Austria, Romania and Bulgaria from 23 to 25 August is to strengthen France's ties with these partner countries and to discuss economic and social issues – immigration and defence policy in particular. France would like the European posted workers directive to be revised on the basis of three key points: duration of contracts, remuneration of workers and prevention of fraud and malpractice.
The President of the Republic's first tour of central and Eastern Europe sends out a strong message of France’s intentions. In the discussions being conducted on the overhaul of the European project, each country matters and has a place at the table.

Only a vision of an ambitious and protective Europe will allow for a successful overhaul of the European system. This will be grounded in a "protection agenda" with four major thrusts: posting of workers reform, European defence, migration flows and asylum policy and trade policy. For the President of the Republic believes that "the time has now come to refound the European Union".

The posted workers directive needs revising

The European directive on the posting of workers in its current version undermines the principle of fair, regulated and governed competition in Europe. France is therefore pushing for agreement to enable a new text to be adopted during Estonia's presidency. 
France has singled out three key points in this regard:
  • duration: proposal for a maximum limit of 12 months and for account to be taken of all posting periods;
  • remuneration: all minimum wage requirements in the host country, as well as all those set out in collective agreements, must be properly taken on board to avoid any derogation, through the posting of workers, from the minimum social conditions;
  • prevention of fraud and malpractice: administrative cooperation between the host and home countries must be improved by a certain number of cooperation tools – between the labour inspectorates for example. When evidence is found of fraud, sanctions must be enforced rather than remain for the most part optional.

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